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Solyndra Bonus Angers House Republicans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The White House will be held accountable for the $500 million worth of taxpayer money wasted on solar panel company Solyndra, critics said. Republican lawmakers accuse U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration of neglect in the vetting of a $535 loan guarantee for Solyndra. The company earned scorn from Obama’s critics […]

Political Ads Go Digital And Social

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Republican presidential candidates are turning to the Internet, spending millions of dollars on political ads with Google, Facebook and Twitter, analysts say. Tech entities are providing candidates new venues for ads, hiring political consultants and sponsoring debates in a competition for the top spot in political social media circles — […]

National Borders Said Visible From Space

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Contrary to conventional wisdom, some international borders on Earth are, in fact, visible from space, a veteran U.S. astronaut says. Former NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, now associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told an astronomical gathering in Austin, Texas, that political demarcations between countries are sometimes visible from […]

Drought Lingers As Threat In U.S. West

VALLES CALDERA, N.M., Jan. 12 (UPI) — Conditions creating wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres of forest and woodlands in the western United States last year could continue, scientists say. Severe, prolonged drought and soaring temperatures could threaten forests and scarce water resources, experts said, in a region that saw the worst wildfires in a […]

Rare Moonbow Photographed In Japan

TOKYO, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A rare nighttime lunar rainbow over Japan’s southernmost islands was captured by a meteorological observatory camera, scientists said. In the rare phenomenon, a ghostly multicolored arc is created by light reflected off the surface of the moon and always appears in the opposite part of the sky from the moon, […]

Emergency Phone Holds Charge For 15 Years

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. manufacturer of mobile phone accessories say its new cell phone can hold its charge in a desk drawer or car glove compartment for 15 years. Meant as an emergency phone, the SpareOne was introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by XPAL Power, PCWorld.com […]

U.S. Targets Iran With More Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — The U.S. government said sanctions on companies tied to the Iranian energy sector are an important step in deterring Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton imposed sanctions on Zhuhai Zhenrong Co, based in China, Kuo Oil, based in Singapore, and FAL Oil Co. Ltd, […]

Space Station Dodges Super-Fast Debris

HOUSTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — The International Space Station dodged a small but super-fast piece of orbiting communication debris Friday, NASA said. The crew fired the Zvezda service module thrusters at 11:10 a.m. EST to avoid a 4-inch piece of a former communications satellite orbiting at very high speed in the space station’s general direction […]

Waterproof Gadgets A Big CES Hit

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Electronic gadgets that can survive water dunking — accidental or otherwise — are a surprise hit of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, analysts say. Waterproofing of tablets, smartphones and other devices is a major theme of this year’s CES, with a number of manufacturers happy to demonstrate […]

Tiniest Creature With A Backbone Found

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 11 (UPI) — A tiny frog discovered in New Guinea — so small it can sit in the center of a U.S. dime — is the world’s tiniest vertebrate, U.S. researchers say. Louisiana State University researcher Chris Austin recently discovered two new species of frogs in New Guinea, one of which, […]

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